Mustangs advance to Sectional final game

Gary Pinneo

 The Penn Yan Mustang cagers will advance to the Section V B1 Tournament championship game on Friday against Finger Lakes East D-II rival Midlakes. The Mustang hardwood quintet defeated Livonia 46-42 on Tuesday evening at R.I.T. to earn their ticket to the final.

Penn Yan jumped ahead 26-20 after two quarters and continued to add on to their lead in the second half.  The Mustangs had a confortable 43-29 lead with just 1:30 left in the contest. Livonia went on a frantic 13-3 run in the waning seconds of the game to make the final score much closer. 

The Mustang defense, as it has been for the entire season, was a major factor in this game. Penn Yan's tight defense and a cold shooting night doomed Livonia in this contest. Livonia shot only 32 percent from the floor and could only convert 3 of 10 from the foul line.  Numbers that make it very difficult to win any game.

The Mustang offense was led by their talented senior center, James Willson.  He scored 16 points, tops for the Orange and Blue. Mike Worden and Adam Stork added 10 points each.  Ethan Kamholtz chipped in six.

Penn Yan will face the No. 1 seed Midlakes Screaming Eagles on Friday evening, March 6, at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester.  The two Finger Lakes East rivals split their regular season games.  Midlakes defeated the Mustangs in Penn Yan 57-49 in December. Penn Yan returned the favor with a 50-46 overtime win in February at Midlakes. This rubber match will decide which school brings home a Section V title. 

Willson had big offensive nights in the regular season matchups. He scored 16 and 27 points in these contests.

Both Penn Yan, the No. 2 seed; and Midlakes, the No. 1 seed; enter this game with identical 16-6 records.  Gametime on Friday is scheduled for 8:45 p.m.